Ovarian Cancer Risk Factors
Awareness Month – February 2021
In Australia, the overall five year survival rate for women diagnosed with ovarian cancer is 46%.
It is not known the exact causes of most ovarian cancers. However, there are known factors that may increase a women’s risk of developing ovarian cancer.
A risk factor is any factor that is associated with increasing someone’s chances of developing a certain condition, such as cancer. Some risk factors are modifiable, such as lifestyle or environmental risk factors, and others cannot be modified, such as inherited factors and whether someone in the family has had cancer.
There is no effective screening program, so the best way of detecting the disease is for women to be aware of the signs, symptoms and risk factors.
You know your body best, so trust your instincts. Be aware of the symptoms of ovarian cancer, and if you are concerned about a persistent symptom, see your doctor.
For more information, resources or to donate, go to www.ovariancancer.net.au